When I entered my third trimester of pregnancy, I started packing the things I and my baby might need during hospital delivery and when we go home together for the first time. Now at 37th week, my hospital bag is all set. Take a peek on what are inside my hospital bag:
In my bag are hospital admission papers provided by my doctor to facilitate a stress-free hospital admission and some important legal documents. Since we are foreigners here in Singapore, we have to make sure to bring my and my husband’s passports and identification cards, marriage certificate, and report of birth forms from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. We would also need these legal documents when the hospital files for a report of birth with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
The hospital will surely provide basic toiletries for me and my baby but it’s better to bring our preferred set of toiletries and mine includes toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, shower gel, facial wash, deodorant, cotton buds, hair brush, nursing butter, body oil and maternity pads. I also packed basic toiletries for my baby which includes newborn diapers, baby wipes and bottom butter.
A receiving blanket, a swaddle, a hooded bath towel, newborn rompers, pairs of socks and mittens, and a going home bodysuit with bonnet.
While the hospital will provide lab gown throughout my stay, I prepared a comfy bath robe in case I need to go out the room or I wanted a quick shower. I also have a shawl, room slippers, nursing bras, disposable undies and one going home dress.
My hubby is assigned in documenting this yet another big event in our lives, so aside from his supportive presence, he would make sure to bring his camera, iPad and chargers. He would also ensure to bring enough loose cash for snacks or have his debit/credit /insurance cards ready for the hospital bill.
If you want more insights on what you should bring in your own hospital bag, here are some articles online that are worth reading: “Hospital bag – checklist on what to pack” by The Asian Parent Singapore , “What to pack in your hospital bag” by BabyCentre UK , “What to Pack for the Hospital or Birthing Center” by What to Expect and “Your Complete Packing List for Hospital Delivery” by the Agape Lifestyle.